MASTERS SWIMMING RULES (MSW)

Masters Rules 2009-2013

MSW 1 Age Groups

MSW 1.1 Individual Events: 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94 ... (five year age groups as high as is necessary).

MSW 1.2 Relays: To be conducted on the total age of team members in whole years. Age groups of relay events are as follows: 100 - 119, 120 - 159, 160 - 199, 200 - 239, 240 - 279, 280 -319, 320 - 359, and ...(forty year increments as high as is necessary).

MSW 2 Age Determining Date
For all purposes pertaining to Masters World Records and Masters World Championships meet competition, the actual attained age of the competitor shall be determined as of December 31st of the year of competition.

MSW 3 Technical Swimming Rules
The Swimming Rules in Part III of this Handbook shall apply to Masters with the following exceptions:

MSW 3.1 Age groups and sexes may be combined so that no swimmer has to swim alone and lanes may be filled.

MSW 3.2 When using the forward start, the referee's whistle shall indicate that the swimmers may take their positions with at least one foot at the front of the starting platform or pool deck, or in the water with one hand having contact with the starting wall.

MSW 3.3 Any swimmer starting before the starting signal has been given by the Starter, shall be disqualified. (Supersedes SW 4.1).

MSW 3.4 All Masters events shall be conducted on a timed final basis.

MSW 3.5 Swimmers may be allowed to remain in their lane while other swimmers are competing until directed by the referee to exit the pool.

MSW 3.6 The order of swimmers by gender is optional in mixed relays.

MSW 3.7 Events shall be pre-seeded with oldest age groups first, slowest heats swum first within each age group. Events 400 metres and over may be deck seeded from slowest to fastest, regardless of age.

MSW 3.8 The Organising Committee may arrange 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre Freestyle to be swum two (2) swimmers of the same sex in a lane. Separate timing will be required for each swimmer.

MSW 3.9 The Warm Up must be supervised.

MSW 3.10 A breaststroke kicking movement is permitted for butterfly.
Only one breaststroke kick is permitted per arm pull except that a single breaststroke kick is permitted prior to the turn and the finish without an arm pull. After the start and after each turn, a single breaststroke kick is permitted prior to the first arm pull.

MSW 4 Events

The following events may be conducted for each age group.

MSW 4.1 Short course (25 m)

50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 m Freestyle
50, 100, 200 m Backstroke
50, 100, 200 m Breaststroke
50, 100, 200 m Butterfly
100, 200, 400 m Individual Medley
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
4 x 100m Medley Relay
4 x 100m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
4 x 200m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)

MSW 4.2 Long course (50 m)

50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 m Freestyle
50, 100, 200 m Backstroke
50, 100, 200 m Breaststroke
50, 100, 200 m Butterfly
200, 400 m Individual Medley
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
4 x 100m Medley Relay
4 x 100m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
4 x 200m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)

MSW 4.3 It is not necessary to conduct all of the above events in a meet. However, each age division should include shorter Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly events plus an Individual Medley and Relays.

MSW 5 Relays
Relays shall consist of four swimmers each registered with the same club. No swimmer is allowed to represent more than one club.

MSW 6 Records
Masters World Records for all events listed in MSW 4 for both sexes in each age group shall be recognised and maintained in 1/100 second time (2 decimal places) and according to the provisions listed on the application form. World Records may also be recorded with manual timing in 1/100 second time (2 decimal places in accordance with SW 11.3).

MSW 6.1 Applications for Masters World Records must be made on the FINA official forms (See next page) by the individual in question within 60 days from the end of the event.

MSW 6.2 World Records can only be established in a Masters meet sanctioned by a Member.

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MSW 7
Swimmers who had to be disqualified must be listed with coded reason for disqualification in the results list.

MSW 8 A swimmer can compete only once per relay event.

MSW 9 Qualifying standards for World Championships will be considered by FINA and the Organising Committee if deemed necessary.